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SCC Assists Students in Becoming Successful College Students and Trains Them for Solid Careers


Jeffrey Quick poses for a photo outside Dempsey Student Center.

Jeffrey Quick,
SCC GEAR UP Student Success Coach

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a college access initiative funded through the US Department of Education to increase the number of students prepared to enter and succeed in obtaining a post-secondary credential. Through this grant, SCC has hired Jeffrey Quick as the GEAR UP Student Success Coach whose role is to help create for Hoke County High School students greater access, preparation, and awareness of college options.

Jeffrey’s primary role is to coach Hoke County High School (HCHS) graduates currently enrolled at SCC. Whether their needs are academic, financial, health and fitness, developing a career track, or developing plans to help them realize success, he will assist them in their first year. In addition to coaching current HCHS graduates, Jeffrey will work to establish relationships with juniors and seniors at the school.


For almost 20 years, Sandhills has taught Cosmetology to high school students on the HCHS campus. Dana Wright began the program in August of 2001, and the yearly enrollment now ranges from 20 to 30 students.

Dana Wright poses for a photo.

Dana Wright, SCC Cosmetology Instructor at HCHS

Students can begin taking the two-year program at the start of their junior year of high school. Upon completing class requirements and passing their state exam, they can apply to become an NC licensed Apprentice Cosmetologist and work under a licensed cosmetologist for six months. They can then apply for their full NC Cosmetologist License.

The students learn in a simulated salon environment, enabling them to develop manipulative skills and hands-on fundamentals. Students learn professional imaging, hair design, chemical processes, skincare, nail care, multi-cultural practices, business/computer principles, product knowledge, and other selected topics.

The Cosmetology Program is included in the Career and College Promise program, allowing students to be eligible for two years of tuition-paid SCC education through the Sandhills Promise upon high school graduation.

Career and College Promise

Career and College Promise (CCP) is the statewide program that offers structured opportunities for qualified high school juniors and seniors to earn college credits, choose a technical pathway, or earn workforce continuing education credits toward an industry-recognized credential or certification.

Kim McMillan poses for a photo outside.

Kimberly McMillan, Director of High School and College Relations for Hoke County

Students must be a NC resident and attend a NC high school, private school or home school.

The College Transfer Pathways allow students to earn up to 32-35 hours of college credit that will transfer to any public North Carolina University as long as a grade of C or better is earned in each class.

Students can earn college credits towards a credential or certificate in a technical career through the Career and Technical Education Pathway. There are 45 Applied Science Certificates from which to choose.

Leslie Baldwin poses for a photo outside.

Leslie Baldwin, Counselor at HCHS

There are eight tracks from which HCHS students can choose in the Workforce Continuing Education CCP program (WCE-CCP).

Kimberly McMillan is the contact person for students interested in curriculum courses and pathways at Sandhills and can be reached at (910) 848-6350 or, or they can contact Leslie Baldwin at (910) 875-2156 ext. 6697 or

Workforce Continuing Education-CCP

Workforce Continuing Education-CCP (WCE-CCP) allows HCHS students to earn a state or industry-recognized credential aligned with a high school Career Clusters, high school credits, and opportunities for employment with local business partners. Successful completion of classes can qualify HCHS students for the Sandhills Promise.

Jason Levister, pictured outside.

Jason Levister, SCC Workforce Continuing Education Director of Student Success

HCHS students have available to them Certified Production Technician Levels 1 and 2, Pharmacy Technician, Certified Medical Administration Assistant, Electrocardiogram Technician, Electrical Levels 1 and 2, Firefighter Training Academy, HVAC Core Skills and Level 1, Plumbing Core Skills and Level 1.

Jason Levister can be reached for WCE-CCP questions at (910) 695-3778 or

The Sandhills Promise

Jonathan Garrison outside on the campus of SCC.

Jonathan Garrison, SCC Director of Sandhills Promise

If HCHS students take at least four CCP or WCE-CCP classes, the Sandhills Promise will cover tuition costs for two full years at Sandhills, saving students thousands of dollars in tuition and helping them forgo a large college debt.

Hoke High graduates must enroll at Sandhills for the fall semester immediately following graduation. Eligibility begins that fall semester and ends at the end of the summer semester of their second year. Find the complete list of eligibility and paperwork requirements at Jonathan Garrison is the contact person at the college and can be reached at, or (910) 695-3726.

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